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2019

     
 

Nelson W. Armour Chicago, IL

My art is personal and humanistic, encompassing social, political and spiritual frameworks as prisms of life. My mixed media directly confronts viewers, engaging them in a visual discourse. My draftsmanship is influenced by Charles White and John Biggers. My use of assemblage and collage is influenced by German photomontage artist John Heartfield, Benny Andrews and the L. A. assemblage movement of the 1960s & 70s.

I also incorporate digital media in my work. In combining these mediums, I have created a singular style that is both cutting-edge and traditional. I seek to evolve traditional art forms with a digital collaboration by creating compositions that visually change perceptions and inspire dialogue in and beyond the diaspora. I focus on aesthetic quality of technique in my use of mixed media. My art is the result of a creative continuum—eternal expressions in artistic terms; human interactions in realistic terms—of our life experiences, through a diasporic and universal lens.


Nelson W. Armour /Shut Down the Dan Ryan I Archival pigment print, 17"x 22," 2018
 
 

Ell Cee Projects / Washington, D.C.

BRETT KAVANAUGH...
We felt outrage watching him deny (and make light of) his assault on Christine Blasey Ford. And we felt outrage as he subsequently won a place on our Supreme Court. Needing to express our feelings, we made this poster. Brett Kavanaugh stands as a representative of the dangers all women face. Let this piece raise and sustain awareness of this and similar injustices. THEY WALK AMONG US

Kavanaugh
THEY WALK AMONG US --Brett Kavanaugh
, Graphic Design / poster 36"x 24," 2019
 
 

Karen Florito / Escondido, CA

UNITY represents 5 hands with different skin tones spelling the word UNITY in American Sign Language. A starburst similar to the Arizona Flag can be seen in the background. The original concept for the design was done for a billboard in Phoenix, Arizona and was also used in the Phoenix Pride Parade in 2017. The billboard has been up for two years and was recently updated with a rainbow sunburst background after the midterm elections. The billboard and its accompanying print are a call for people of every race, creed, gender, ability or disability to come together. As Maya Angelou said, “In diversity there is beauty and there is strength.”

unity
Karen Fiorito UNITY, Arches 88 Silkscreen Paper, Eco-friendly Inks,11” x 22”, 2017
 
 

AWG / Summerville, SC

Guns have become a defining aspect of our modern society.  Especially those labeled as assault rifles.  This work examines the many connections between being American, ourselves, and guns.

AWG
AWG, Contiguous States (Black Version), Collagraph and monotype, 17" x 26", 2016
 
 

Richard Graves / Abingdon, VA

The social and political climate in 2019 has made politics impossible to separate from the fundamental question of how people should be treated. 

The subjects presented here- Dr. Ford, and Congresswoman Omar - are all presented in a reflection of the toxic environment in which we find our country.  I don’t ask questions of policy or partisanship, but depict as I see them: through a lens of humanity which gives an honest portrayal of both where we are and how further we have to go.

send her back
Richard Graves, Dr. Ford, Digital Painting, 11” x 14”, 2019
 

 

 

   
Dr ford
Richard Graves, Dr. Ford, Digital Painting, 11” x 14”, 2019
 
 

Lailani Guzman / Los Angelos, CA

With our current government, detaining immigrant children in facilities has become acceptable. It is flabbergasting to see what are modern-day concentration camps for the young and innocent. Not only separating them from their families but keeping them crammed in cells, with no adequate access to everyday necessities. This is not something to take lightly. This is not something to forget. No one, especially children, should be stripped of their human rights.

For this piece, I took inspiration from the pictorial modernism movement, specifically Plakastil. This poster art was used by artists and designers as a way to visually enhance and communicate more persuasively their views during the first World War. I knew I wanted to create something just as powerful – straight to the point. CHILDREN DON'T BELONG IN CAGES. 

children don't belong in cages
Lailani Guzman,
Where Are The Children?,
digital print on paper, 17” x 11”, 2019
 
 

Marcus Howell / Springfield, MO

At the urging of unsavory forces and unchecked gluttonous desires, He shambles across the land depleting and corrupting. Any question of the wisdom of his motive is met with the petulant whine, “IJust Want My Fair Share . . . and That's All Of It!”

Marcus Howell,
I Just want My Fair Share. . . And That is All of It.,
Intaglio, 16.5” x 20”, 2017
 
 

Pauline Hudel Smith / Dallas, TX

My current works are referred to as Dissent in graphic design, defined as political and socially driven graphics. This poster is a direct reaction to the current national discourse and is made in support of the 1st Amendment - Freedom of Speech. 

Grab This is a protest poster created for the women's marches and designed to amplify the visual voices of women asking for equity. The design is based on fireworks packaging, reminding men that women are beautiful and exciting but if handled inappropriately can be dangerous. 

Two Dics is a poster created to describe the childish games Kim Jong-un and Trump (Dictators) are playing and the consequences of their actions. The design is based on toys, pictographs made for children, gaming imagery and 60's fantasy illustrator Peter Max. 

My entire adult life, I have lived and worked with people with mental disorders. In order to survive, I've had to develop a layman's understanding of the cause and effect of mental disorder behavior. A Public Service Announcement was designed to educate the public about the president's strange choices and decision making in a way that I have not heard addressed in any other media outlet.  

trump
Pauline Hudel Smith, A Public Service Announcement, Digital Graphic Poster Print, 17" x 22", 2019

 

pussy
Pauline Hudel Smith, Grab This, Digital Graphic Poster Print, 17" x 22", 2018

 

Pauline Hudel Smith, Two Dics, Digital Graphic Poster Print, 17" x 22", 2018

 

 
 

Tian Jiang / Beijing, China

Golden Shield Project series - Blocked Website is a sculptural video installation made with different type of laser paper and cardboard. This multi-thematic piece was also inspired by “Golden Shield Project”. This work deals with the issues that network security, information control and desires from three perspectives. They describe different intuitive feelings based on the role people in different internet environments: insider, outsider and time. The visual illusion of laser paper can be reminiscent of the texture of the shiny sequins of a disc or the mosaic in the network, which creates a curious and mysterious visual effect. The "mystery" image from the banned website is flashed back to us on the surface of the paper shell, which is transformed into a form of distortion and illusion. By projecting the contents of the banned website content video clips back onto their surfaces, this project invites viewers to think about the nature of the information marked as supposed to be discarded information from an outside of the “wall” perspective. 

The projection also combines the fluidity and illusion properties of the network with its symbolized logo and presents the process of Golden Shield Project through date. Under these circumstances, each representative symbol represents a different forbidden network, from which the color, shape and information data of the video clips are selected to form a digital information palette to construct the final projection ring. Date in this project is not only emphasize the specific blocked signs commemoration, but the current time difference from the time node that is a process accumulation of things happening for a long time period. It explores an audio-visual mosaic of our culture, information technology and their survival in today's world.

censored by china
Tian Jiang, GOLDEN SHIELD PROJECT-BLOCKED WEBSITE, Video projection, cardboard, laser paper, Runtime: 00:03:50, 2019
 
 

Keith Kitz / Boston, MA

Internment Days was produced on July 4, 2019 in response to the on-going interment of asylum seekers at the U.S. southern border. The detainment and separation of families at the U.S. southern border is a human rights tragedy beginning to be played out daily on American soil. This piece used the seven red stripes of the American flag, reporting on the conditions the detainees face while in the internment camps, as well as commentary from the current administration to visual document these events.

kitz
Keith Kitz, Internment Days,
Mixed Media/Digital Print, 27.6” x 39.4”, 2019
 
 

Emily Marbach / London, England/ U.K.

I'm an American who is currently living outside of the US. I came of age a decade after Roe v Wade was in full swing. When I went to college and became politically conscious, the Pro-Choice movement was close to my heart. Any woman could make her own decision about having a baby or having an abortion. With the closures of so many abortion clinics and many states finding no provisions at all, the issue has been in my artist's mind. Because no matter what people say, abortion will always be legal for rich people in America, the ones who can afford to travel or take time off from their daily lives to seek out a clinic.

It enrages me that the fetus is glorified by religious advocates who wish to deny unready mothers the right to choose, but often these same people are vilifying poor, disadvantaged or migrant children (and have little interest in the welfare of their mothers, as well). My collage is very simply highlighting this irony. How can an unborn child have more people caring about them than a living breathing child? "Every child a wanted child," was my 20 year old March on Washington chant. This is something I truly still believe. 

devil child
Emily Marbach, Saint Fetus/Devil Child,
Mixed Media on Fabriano Paper, 19’ x 15”, 2019
 
 

Srdjan Marjanovic / Monroe, LA

According to the CBS News, one-third of the GoFundMe site's donations are used to cover medical costs. This is a sad reality for a powerful country, such as the United States of America. The U.S. is still the only country among developed nations without universal healthcare system. Americans are left on their own to figure out one of basic human rights. It is upsetting to see so many American families using popular fundraising platform, GoFundMe, to cover their health care costs by begging for money to save the lives of their loved ones.

go fund me
Srdjan Marjanovic, GoFundMe,
Digital print, 13’ x 19”, 2018
 
       
 

John McNamara / Novato, CA

I’ve investigated the relationship between painting and photography for the past thirty- one years, making paintings that engage photography as an often hidden, sometimes overt painted element. Since the photography exists literally beneath the painted surface, there is for me a strange conceptual ambiguity relational to the frozen moment of a person, place, or thing that lie underneath the interpretive nature of the painting process. I am intrigued by the “time machine” aspect of collage, and the way paint interacts with it. The content of my work focuses on conceptions of transcendence, moments in popular culture, and sharable life realities. Although titles may seem to indicate a specific meaning, I consider my paintings to be open investigative narratives. My hope is to provoke a sense of curiosity within the viewer, similar to the curiosity and surprise I feel when making a painting. I strive to make a painting that has visual and conceptual engagement.
The painting, Surveillance, is an investigation of a digital technology that monitors human behavior, activity and information. The organic use of "paint" describes a system, which both aligns to technology, as well as being a metaphor for our organic selves. 

painting surveillance
John McNamara, Surveillance, oil/paper on panel, 40” x 30”, 2017

 

 
 

Joan Myerson Shrager / Elkins Park, PA

Anguish tells the story of one of my students who, while in class, received a call from his mother informing him that his friend had been shot across the street from his home. I stood helpless as he sunk to the ground in despair. This digital painting incorporates an original photo and hand drawing, printed on canvas. In all the years of this program too many of our students have experienced such violence. 
  

I am a professional artist, former gallery owner/ director of ArtForms Gallery, Manayunk and Co-Founder, Co-Director with Paula Mandel of The Stained Glass Project: Windows That Open Doors now in its 15th year, a non-profit after school art program for Philadelphia Public School students. https://www.facebook.com/TheStainedGlassProject Over the past 50+ years my work has been exhibited in solo and invitational group exhibitions. My sculpture will be exhibited at Philadelphia's City Hall's "Crafting Narratives" for the next several weeks. My digital art was featured in a textbook as well as many news and art publications and major digital art websites. My work is in the collections of University of Pennsylvania, Drexel University, Harcum College and the Museum of Computer Art (MOCA).
Joan Myerson Shrager, Anguish, Digtita
painting on canvas, 20” x 30”, 2017
 
 

Rachel Reitan / McKinney, TX

These paintings explore the risk of being a very young child in the United States today.  Ever vulnerable young children are now the literal targets for treatment that we would normally associate with war in their everyday lives. The first day of the "new normal" for children attending school in the USA includes the truth that they are now targets for gun violence.

First Day
Rachel Reitan, 1st day,
Mixed media on panel, 48” x 24”, 2019
Rachel Reitan, 1st day,
digital print,, 48” x 24”, 2019
 
       
 

Amy Sargeant / Orange, CA

The text fragments depicted in Pins for the Patriarchy, 2019 are direct quotes attributed to President Trump. The mix of feminine florals as well as vintage pinup girl motifs lead the viewer to assume this is an antiquated quote, relegated to our misogynistic history, instead of our modern day president in presidential capacity upon meeting another world leader. Pins for the Patriarchy, 2019 is a reflection of the nuanced tension depicted in the many roles women represent in society. The work combines judgment and query behind the veneer of beauty. As these brooches are handmade wearable art, the viewer must also question what it means to wear one, which role is being condoned? As a mother, the artist hopes to raise two socially and politically aware children that embody the quote, 'You're either a part of the problem, or you're a part of the solution
Pins for Patriarchy
Amy Sargeant, Pins for the Patriarchy,
2019,
Ceramic brooches, hand designed and
vintage decals on printed cards, birch
cradle board mounted, 18" x 24", 2019
 
       
 

José Andrés Sotela Truque / Costa Rica

This painting criticizes how governments and leaders are playing with the world.

costa rica
José Andrés Sotela Truque, EL Capitolio (in English, Canvas, wood and acrylic, 30” x 40”, 2018
 
 

Stephen Spiller / Long Island City, NY

My work is based on social, cultural and political themes. The images I make focusing on rape typically criticize legal defenses excusing that crime by suggesting the assault was invited, predictable, or consensual sex. In Shattering Azalea I found myself outraged when a judge expressed primary concern for the career prospects of a college-aged, male, defendant should there be a guilty verdict, giving no recognition to the shattered rape victim.

Stephen Spiller, Shattering Azalea, Archival pigment print, 16.5” x 25”, 2019
blue shirt
Stephen Spiller, The Blue Skirt, Archival pigment print, 20.75” x 25”, 2019
 
 

Elka Stevens / Randallstown, MD

Pipeline reminds us that young African American males are being criminalized from a very young age as students, are incarcerated as young men, remain institutionalized throughout adulthood, and often spend their twilight years still behind bars. This strategic transition of black males from educational to penal systems is thought to maintain, increase, and falsely idolize an undereducated, under-socialized, and inaccessible populous. This criminalization of young black males also demonstrates a calculated divestment in black human capital, in black male agency, and in black communities – a divestment that minimally promotes silence, invisibility, division, and subjugation.

school to prison pipeline
Elka Stevens, Pipeline, Graphic image printed on paper, 7.25” x 18”, 2015
 
 

Chakming Wong / Kowloon, Hong Kong

This is a very dangerous time for Hong Kong. It is happening humanitarian disaster when Hong Kong people fighting for human rights and freedom since June, the extradition law protest. Hong Kong and China government are using some unethical ways to response to Hongkongers’ voice. They send police to shoot unarmed protesters, making terrorist attack at MTR train stations by gangs and even police, arresting innocent citizen and lynching them (even some citizen are suspected to be killed when there are corpse found in different places)...In spite of facing different unreasonable challenges, Hongkongers’ determination on freedom and justice would not be changed. We have created histories, 2 millions protesters come out on the street, crowdfunding 1 million US dollars in a half day several times for advertising on newspaper in different countries, demonstrations on every weekends continuously for more than three months…

Hongkongers are playing a losing game when safety hats, eye masks and masks from Hongkongers facing tear gas, rubber bullet, bean bag round from Police. Many of protesters are injured or arrested and the number is still increasing. But we still have hope because we believe the whole world is watching us. Please, everyone see us, see this series poster, we plead you to tell your friends what you know about Hong Kong, do not forget how we fight for freedom and justice. Please use your ways to stand with Hong Kong, to save us. Fight for freedom, Stand with Hong Kong!

 

rember us
Chakming Wong REMEMBER HONG KONG!, Artpaper, 12” x 16.5”, 2019
Chakming Wong YOU ARE OUR HOPE!, Artpaper, 12” x 16.5”, 2019
 
wittness us
Chakming Wong WITNESS US!, Artpaper, 12” x 16.5”, 2019

 

 
 
 
 
       

2018

     
 

Excy Guardado / Falls Church, VA

Honduras recently had a travel ban because of the dangerous political climate and ‘civil unrest.’ Currently, Hondurans that have built their lives in the U.S. are being forced to self-deport, this is being phrased as an ‘orderly transition’ by USCIS, because Honduras is now ‘safe to return to.’ This is the 2018 Trail of Tears for all that were not born inside these man-made borders. In Honduras, indigenous communities are also displaced by the government that prioritizes the monetary exploitation of the land over human rights. My family and I have lived in the shadows for over 20 years, in fear of this approaching time; our lives in limbo here and in Honduras. My Family and I have Maya Ch’orti, Lenca, and British ancestry. I have been a 6th grade English Teacher for 3 years, with TPS. My art is a response to the current issues dealing with Central American immigration and discrimination. It is not a time to be silenced or paralyzed by fear and I choose to speak through my images.

No One is Illegal on Stolen land - spoken in the language of greed and genocide, because land cannot be owned, the land owns us. I exclaim ‘we are home!’ indigenous people reclaim rights to exist and live in the lands that our ancestors roamed freely for thousands of years.

See our humanity before our skin. Hear our hearts before our tongues.


 
   
Excy Guardado, Feet Touching Home,
Photograph, 18"x 24," 2018, gift of artist

 
 
 

Wesam Mazhar Haddad /
Brooklyn, NY / ”Jordanian Origin”

Concept: Every tree we cut now is a desert of tomorrow. A tree trunk made out of sand emphasis the current destruction of our forests.

Philosophy:
Simplicity is the highest level of complexity; Complexity is the highest
level of simplicity.

Execution:
The chopped trunk of a tree is entirely composed out of sands. Days of computer graphics and retouching were implemented to achieve the final metaphor while keeping the features of a chopped trunk respectfully. Moreover, The typography is formed out of sands to reflect the fragility of our decisions that once we make them, we can’t take them back.


Wesam Mazhar Haddad,
Desertification of a Tree,
Digital Printing on Paper,
39” x 28,” 2017
gift of artist
 
 

John O’Neill / Duluth, MN

In 2015 I started “The Awareness Campaign” to bring awareness to ableism and the many issues that people with disabilities encounter throughout their
lives. The campaign was influenced by my own experiences as a person living with cerebral palsy and several learning disabilities. Throughout my life, I had
the notion that I was one of a group of citizens that often experienced disability discrimination or accessibility issues with our physical environment. Once I realized
that there was a much larger community of people that encounter the same kind of difficulties, I used my experience and expertise as a graphic designer to bring
light to all acts of ableism.

The illustration that was selected for this exhibition is a part of the ongoing content that was generated for The
Awareness Campaign’s social media accounts. Illustrations have been posted on Instagram and other social media platforms to discuss what is ableism and what does it look like in its various forms. This illustration conveys my beliefs concerning how many housing options are not equipped for people with disabilities. As a result of rising steps, narrow hallways, tall countertops, and the many other challenges that a person with a disability may experience, housing options are limited. It is a design issue
that does not get much attention. For that reason, I wanted to do something about it.

John O’Neil
Ableism: Housing
discrimination, Digital illustration,
18” x 18,” 2018
gift of artist
 
 

Kyle Reynolds / Dallas, TX

As a longtime student of propaganda and the psychology of manipulation, my creative impulse grew unbearable with the election of Donald Trump as U.S. President and I began experimenting with using those same psychological tactics in my art. Propaganda is typically associated with authoritarian regimes and my idea was to use those same methods against the new fascism forming in the U.S. My style has been influenced by wartime
propaganda, modern advertising, street art, black and white ink illustration with a little punk aesthetic thrown in for good measure. At the core of every piece there is a kernel of satire and protest.

Kyle D. Reynolds is the artist/ cartoonist for the Slugnuts comedy duo who are the creators of ‘The End Times’ cartoon, featuring Right-Wing Jesus. Their cartoon
was recently featured in Carl Reiner’s latest book, ‘The Downing of Trump.” They also produce the bi-weekly podcast ‘The Slugnuts Radio Hour.” More of their work
can be seen/heard at http://slugnuts.com.

Kyle Reynolds, Trump/Pence Rally Poster 1,
Pencil & digital ink/paint, 12” x 12,” 2017
gift of artist
 
 

Stephen Spiller / Long Island, NY

We have travelled perilously far away from a “natural world” to a “social world”. The journey sabotaged understanding of “beauty” - particularly “human beauty”.
Once appreciated as an aesthetic pleasure it is now experienced in ways infecting our lives as our society becomes more dangerously contrived and full of artifice. The infection is insidious as vast numbers of people continue to equate “pretty looks” with status, power and influence. Critically, the infection is dangerous as human beauty is advertised and promoted with an intent to distort, undermine, and even totally mask, all reasonable
understanding of identity with the “noise” of appearance.

Indeed, fashion has become beauty’s “Commander-In Chief”, shamelessly appealing less to aesthetics than to vanity. Fashion employs hypocritical, provocative, and
vapid statements in a camouflaged pursuit, and rapacious appetite for financial gain. Aesthetic considerations are just a ruse used to identify, pursue, and capture vulnerable women and children as prey. The desire for beauty manipulates them to behave as if they are constantly on stage, demonstrating who they want to be, are
expected to be, or others believe them to be. Distinctive
clothing and accessories have become de rigueur.
Countless people in our socialized world today require brand labels to dial up a confident, best self. How we got to this juncture is largely a consequence of glamorizing physical appearance and presenting an endless parade of fashion models, including children and anorexic adults, all wrapped in art not reality. Child models, as young as thirteen years old, suggest original fantasy, hope and, of course, glamor.

Aging and anorexic models, reaching thirty or more years of age, suggest sadness, loss and despair as social world
experiences shape their lives. Early on we glorify these models and then, over time, we eviscerate them. In that way beauty has become the cruelest of drugs. My submission, presented through the experience of a model named Azalea, is a metaphor for that cruelty.

Stephen Spiller, See Azalea Get Woke #5
, An archival pigment print of digitally
manipulated photography and text,
20”x 21.5,” 2018
gift of artist
 
 

Youxin Yang / Cambridge, MA

Not interested in becoming an activist, for which the term would disappear, if the world was peaceful enough for every citizen of the planet to enjoy and focus on life without distraction and disruption. However, when warmongers and egos are concerned with their own political legacy, without truly considering if that is the best choice for citizens, who may actually suffer as a consequence. It is time, when even fine artists are distracted from focusing on their passion, and are motivated to give their own voices for peace.

I’m trying to give my tiny one, from the perspective as a citizen of the planet. Artistically, I experiment in creating a layer between the portraits and viewers, in order to make the portraits more vibrant and communicative to viewers. Such layers can be composed of oil pastels on acrylics, or transparent Chinese watercolors on oils. In particular, more lines are cautiously and reasonably drawn to create the visual effects of movement of the portraits. The most painful voices, so far, for my Peace-series of paintings, is
“Peace-VI Boston Marathon 2013.” I painted with a broken heart, the three lovely and beautiful young people tragically killed. They just wanted to enjoy life, having fun
celebrating a social activity, which is a common and simple need for you and me as citizens. Totally unaware of a moment when they became victims of short or long term consequence of politicians, which they had nothing to do with. To prevent such tragedies, leaders, those who dedicated their lives to making the world a better place and not for personal aggrandizement are desperately needed. This is why “Peace-VII: Dancing with Heartbeats of Citizens” was created. Although experiencing challenges of techniques and skills in how to make these Giants dance happily and naturally, I enormously enjoy, and am even addicted to painting them. I’m expecting to paint more Peace-making Giants, and hopefully, no more victims.

 the world a better place and not for personal aggrandizement are desperately needed. This is why “Peace-VII: Dancing with Heartbeats of Citizens” was created. Although experiencing challenges of techniques and skills in how to make these Giants dance happily and naturally, I enormously enjoy, and am even addicted to painting them. I’m expecting to paint more Peace-making Giants, and hopefully, no more victims.
Youxin Yang, Peace-VII: Dancing with the Heartbeats of Citizens, Oil pastel, acrylic, and Chinese watercolor on canvas, 68” x 98,” 2018, (Digital Print Version)
gift of artist
 
       

2017


Quintin Gonzalez / Denver, CO

In the piece "A Fool's Fire and Fury," I have created a visual response to the looming possibilities of nuclear war. The image I am submitting imagines the absolute horror of that possibility. I wanted to create an image that functions as something that is an omen and cautionary to others. As this has not occurred, I felt that giving this piece a dream like quality that is reminiscent of the hellish artworks of the pre-modern era found in the 19th century would be my best way to communicate the visual narrative for this artwork which is indeed foreboding.


Quintin Gonzalez, "A Fool's Fire and Fury,"
Light-jet print on photo paper, 10" x 39," 2017,
gift of artist
 
       
 

Wesam Mazhar Haddad / Brooklyn, NY "Jordanian Origin"

Simplicity is the highest level of complexity; Complexity is the highest level of simplicity.

Fact: More than 12,000 children have reportedly been killed so far as a result of the Syrian civil war and the number is increasing rapidly.

Dedicated to "Aylan Kurdi" the 3 years old Syrian boy that was found dead on the beach.

Disclaimer: *No babies were harmed in the making of this poster. They are just being tortured to death RIGHT NOW by the cradle of wars...



Wesam Mazhar Haddad, "Cradle of Tortured Peace,"
Digital Printing on Paper. 100 cm X 70 cm, 2016,
gift of artist
 
       
 


Jim Kransberger / Asheville, NC

"Gerrymandering" is the biggest obstacle to genuine democracy in the United States," so says the Washington Post.

This piece is an iteration of the old, hand-held "slider game," all the pieces are equal in all respects and mirror every other piece: five blue and five red inhabitants . . . and quite naive. The result is that this political game, cannot be corrupted, no one can cause a corrupt result. Unless, of course, someone does not exercise their vote, or someone gets to vote who has no standing. A gallery owner has said that my work has "good narrative." I certainly hope so because without some sort of narrative, something to say, why bother to make anything? If the narrative grows too deep or weighty, then it gets abstract and loses both clarity and worth. If it needs a wordy clarification and/or wordy explanation, then it has missed its' own point.


 

Jim Kransberger, "Gerrymandering,"
Mixed Media, 7.5" x 21" x 21," 2016, gift of artist

I think Mary Fischer, a nationally known ceramic sculptor, was the one
who opined something like: ". . . long artist statements tend to make liars out of all artists."

"Gerrymandering" is a comment on the methodology and sport of
disenfranchising a political opponent and . . . a not-so-fair game.

 
 

Amy Mack / Durango, CO - LA, CA

"Barcode Lye Soap" is a political portrait from Amy Mack's on-going Barcode Painting Series (began: in Los Angeles, spring of 2000) that addresses consumer trends and everyday products that touch our lives. She describes barcodes as the "common denominator of mountains, a river winding through the town ... all have heightened her environmental consciousness and made a clear impression on new works: aspen trees segmented by barcode patterns that represent industry and the effect consumerism has on the health of our planet, as well as segmented cairn balance rocks, accounts of the Gold King Mine spill, clouds and red earth barcodes, on canvas and new media.

"Barcode Lye Soap" is rare in that it is one of the few portraits created in her barcode series. Inspired by the events leading to the election of America's 45th President and observations of his general dishonesty with no real care for what is or is not true, Mack's barcode work has since taken on a political voice that she says "speaks for me when I have run out of words." Her choice in selecting the barcode from a common brand of lye soap can be interpreted in many ways. For example, in America there is a saying that when someone tells lies and says thoughtless things, their mouth should be "washed out with soap." Another saying "getting up on a soapbox" refers to politicians who would make impromptu speeches while standing on a raised platform such as a wooden crate, or soapbox.



Amy Mack, "Barcode Lye Soap,"
Art print on heavyweight archival matte paper, 20" x 16"
2016, gift of artist
 
       
 

Ed Outhouse / Joplin, MO

"Backyard Dog Show, Oscar Grant 2009" is part of a posters series focused on police brutality in the United States. The poster includes an appropriated illustration by Amos Sewell for The Saturday Evening Post. The title of Sewell's illustration, "Backyard Dog Show" serves as the typography in the design and is included in the poster title along with the name and date of a person subjected to police brutality. However, in this context Sewell's title is open to new interpretations and meanings. Combining illustrations from The Saturday Evening Post with cell phone photos and video screen grabs of people subjected to police brutality creates a strong visual and conceptual contrast intended to push the viewer to consider the broader implications of this complex and difficult subject. In this case, Oscar Grant was lying face down on the ground when he was shot in the back by a San Francisco Metro Police Officer. Oscar died from his injuries soon after and his death is the subject of the 2013 film "Fruitvale Station".

"Dance Cotillion, Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams 2012" is part of a posters series focused on police brutality in the United States. The poster includes an appropriated illustration by Amos Sewell for The Saturday Evening Post. The title of Sewell's illustration, "Dance Cotillion" serves as the typography in the design and is included in the poster title along with the names and date of people subjected to police brutality. However, in this context Sewell's title is open to new interpretations and meanings. Combining illustrations from The Saturday Evening Post with cell phone photos and video screen grabs of people subjected to police brutality creates a strong visual and conceptual contrast intended to push the viewer to consider the broader implications of this complex and difficult subject. In this case, Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams were in a car when the muffler backfired as they passed local police in East Cleveland, OH. Mistaking the noise of the backfiring muffler for gunshots, police immediately engaged in pursuit of their car. 137 shots were fired during the chase which resulted in the deaths of Russell and Williams.



Ed Outhouse, "Backyard Dog Show, Oscar Grant 2009," Digital Collage, 16" x 24, "2015
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Ed Outhouse, "Dance Cotillion, Timothy Russell & Malissa Williams 2012," Digital Collage,
16 x 24," 2015
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
       
 


Charles Andrew Seaton / San Diego, CA

The motivation for this work was satire. It is part of a political body of work that was inspired by an excerpt from one of Shakespeare's works,

"All the world's a stage,
And all the men and women merely players; They have their exits and their entrances..."

It was completed during the presidential campaign of 2016 and reflects what I felt at that time. I am a registered Republican and have been disgusted with Trump ever since he began his campaign in the summer of 2015. I never voted for Obama, but now wish I had. The 2016 presidential campaign forced me to reevaluate where I stood on many issues in both fiscal and social spheres. During the campaigns I read Adolf Hitler's 'Mein Kampf' and saw many parallels between actions and words described on those pages with what I saw on television from Donald Trump.


Andrew Seaton,
"Dr. Evil,"
(2/8) Photoshop and google images,
10" x 17," 2016, gift of artist
 
       
 

Naandeyé García Villegas / Mexico City, Mexico

 

Migrant woman: here or there, you have rights.

 

 

Naandeyé García Villegas,
"Migrant Woman," Digital illustration,
6" x 24," 2017, gift of artist
 
 
       

2016

     

 

Armin Amirian / Esfahan, Iran

All the contradictions that are linked and have co-existence. Where the utilization and operation tools of achieving the objectives and goals of the regimes are "the thoughts and the minds". Additional production; Religion producing; Child birth; all that is a sign of the contrast between dream and reality, and an image of life as a small part of a whole.



Armin Amirian, "Gelofen-02", 2014,
Photography, 100x70 cm, gift of artis
 
       
 

Wesam Mazhar Haddad / Los Angeles, CA (Jordanian Orgin)

Fact: The adult human body averaged is 65% of water.

Concept: How many drops of water have been and still draining out for nothing This is nothing but the ugly truth of our daily consumption of
water. A rusted future where it is out of water but full of tears. Someday, there will be no water but our tears.

Explanation: By replacing metaphorically the human eye with a plughole of a sink, I have quod erat demonstrandum the image of water consumption of the past and the current present, echoing away in a single tear (drop of water) into the rusted future of mankind. Hours of collective photo manipulation and retouching took place to give birth to the final outcome. Every single element was studied separately and carefully. The typographic characters for example were composed differently; every letter was altered from the rest of its peers to make it randomly realistic and naturally rusted.

Wesam Mazhar Haddad,
"Rusted Tears Poster," 2016, Digital Printing on Paper
100x70cm, gift of artist
 
       

2015

     

 

Martin Blanco / Canillo, Andorra

"Modern society is getting more and more global; a phenomenon closely linked to the rise of the Internet. Thanks to this new phenomenon, those who previously did not have access to the traditional media now had a public forum for their opinions.

All kinds of blogs began to appear where people commented, argued, expounded, and offered criticism on all sorts of issues, and gradually, the information was decentralized.

Newly born online social networks are social structures composed of groups of people who are connected by one or more types of relationships, such as friendship, kinship, common interests, or shared knowledge.

From this time on, nothing is the same. People find a place to express their views, interacting with people across the planet with distances now measured in mouse clicks.

We are immersed in the twenty-first century as thirsty bodies to give and receive feedback, without even being entirely sure whether we have anything to say.

And the main tool to make that feedback come true is the smartphone. A complex tool which compiles lots of things in the same device. And now it seems we live through that device.

We increasingly feel more alone, living virtual lives with virtual friends. Meanwhile, we observe through our windows what really goes on in real life."

"A permanament dose" 2014,
Digital printn on German Etching
Hahnrmukle 300 gsm paper. Limited Addition of 19 x 28.
 
       

 

Sabrina DeTurk / Philadelphia, PA

"What do you think of Iran?" Depending on context, this question could be posed as an academic inquiry, for political reasons or just out of idle curiosity. In my case, it was asked by a customs officer as I was waiting to be fingerprinted at Tehran's Imam Khomeini International Airport in April 2015. Given the context, I was a bit concerned that there might actually be a "right" answer and that I was in serious danger of not providing it.

I mumbled something non-committal about not entirely knowing what to think and that I was traveling to Iran to learn more. At that point, I was taken away for fingerprinting and after a few anxious moments listening to conversations in Farsi, some papers were stamped, my passport was returned and I was officially a visitor to Iran.

About 1000 - 1500 Americans visit Iran each year, though with the recent thaw in diplomatic relations and a major push by President Hassan Rouhani to increase tourism, that number is expected to rise over the next few years. But the country still remains shrouded in secrecy for most Americans – a kind of black box whose contents we can speculate about but of which we have little solid knowledge. I am of the generation that was just about old enough to grasp the enormity of the Iranian hostage crisis as it was happening and that event colored – or, more appropriately, shadowed – my view of the country growing up.

One of the defining features of life in Iran for both local women and tourists is the mandatory hijab, or headscarf, which must be worn in public at all times. The all black garment called a chador, which some women choose to wear, is not, contrary to many Westerners' perceptions, a required garment, but a personal choice (in some very religious settings such as shrines or mosques all women are required to put on the chador and they are available to

Headscarf and Moterbike, 2015,
digital print on fine art paper. 24" x 34"

borrow at such locations). The women who choose the chador are referred to as "chadori" and the term is used in a derogatory manner by those women who opt only to wear the hijab and often would prefer to go without a head covering altogether. Many Iranian women push the limits of what is required in terms of hijab and wear very lightweight, colorful scarves pushed far back on their heads. This has given rise to the concept of "good" versus "bad" hijab, with more conservative women and men commenting on how well a woman's hijab conforms to traditional expectations for modesty.

As I traveled through Tehran, I became fascinated by this variety of interpretations of hijab and chador and tried to capture the way in which women make these garments a personal statement. This photograph offers a glimpse of those statements.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
       

 

Wesam Mazhar Haddad / during 2015 resides in Doha, Qatar / Country of Origin - Jordan

Inspiration: Suspension bridges, high-rise buildings, huge resorts, undergoing rapidly development in Jordan. Nevertheless, we still deforesting the green, consuming matchsticks and abuse it! What a Parallel Equation! Revelation comes across in any sort. It comes as a heartache consideration for the unstopping desertification in my homeland, as a stroke admiration for a Jackson Pollock's painting, or as a haphazard combination between a hairbrush and useless matchsticks.

Concept: One tree makes a million matchsticks; one matchstick burns a million trees.

Substances: Worthless left over matchstick was the main afflatus in this work. Every single entity of a matchstick stands out as a unique character, a piece of art. It resembles a shape of a living being (Tree).

Process: A composition out of matchsticks was a complicated project. Working with such fragile and sensitive elements was a huge challenge. Thousands of matchsticks used to accomplish these visuals. A small blow, unintended move could destroy days of working.

Matchsticks Forest, 2006
Printing on Paper, 100cm x 70cm, gift of artist








Matchsticks Forest, 2006
Printing on Paper, 100cm x 70cm, gift of artist
 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

   

2014

     

 

Armin Amirian / Isfahan, Iran

When even a fragile flower is able to explode a rock and burst out to behold by breeze, rain, and sun, the world is a sacred temple.
We are not weaker than the tiny flower.
We are great and sacred.
We are undeniable truth.

Ahmad Shamloo (Iranian contemporary poet )

Armin Amirian
"Abattoir 1" 20"x16" digital image
gift of artist
 
       
 

Stuart South / New Orleans, LA

My compulsion to create art comes from deep with in me. I have always been very optimistic, jovial, and in pursuit of freedom. To me these are important ingredients on the path of creation. I always hope to add something to the universe.
I think I decided to be an artist around three or four years of age after Mr. Rogers told me from my television that in an artist's world trees can be blue or what ever color you want. That's the world for me, the world of the mind, and my paintings are the residue of these events of creation. Much of my art is inspired by media, both mass and obscure. When I create a painting I like the familiarity of iconic images, but it excites me to see them re-imagined.
I love that each art object I create will have it's own life. It will live and interact with people. As all physical object do, it will slowly change, grow old, and eventually die. I try to spend a lot of time with each piece so that my energy will become embedded in them. I use tinny brushes even on large fields of uniform color. This gives me more time to push little pieces of my soul down into the paint. I often wonder about the lives these objects live when I let go of them. It brings me great pleasure to send my work out onto the stormy seas like bottles carrying messages.

Start South,
"Device Designed to Destroy Human Beings"
12"x 9" Acrylic on Canvas, 2014
gift of artist
 

 

       
 

Nectarios Stamatopoulos / Athens Greece

Lives and works in Athens and London. With background studies in Graphic design and Multimedia Arts production he works as a professional visual artist. He has exhibited in museums, galleries and institutions in Greece, Cyprus, France, Germany, USA and the U.K. and his work has been featured in local and international print and online publications.
Works also as an illustrator and designer for print and corporate clients and regularly teaches drawing in seminars and workshops.

Using drawing as his favorite medium and with a cross disciplinary use of contemporary media he creates works expressing and exploring ideas about the essence of human condition in the contemporary urban environment. Incorporating drawing, painting, photography, installation, digital art, small press zines and comic art, and with found materials from a variety of sources ranging from old photographs, ephemera printed matter, comics art iconography and art history references, he creates narratives challenging the perception of beauty in the decay of urban landscape. His work contrasts the high and the low, the banal and the obvious, the awesome and the trivial, the tranquil and the hectic. Personal mark making, travelling and psycho geography, pop surrealism, art history and urban mythology are reoccurring motifs used as elements of a symbolic portraiture of contemporary urban life. Much of this output

Nectarios Stamatopoulos,
"Monument for a market"
21 x 29 cm, ink & acrylic on paper, 2013,
gift of artist
 
       

2013

     

 

Carrie A. Dyer / High Point NC

the work is created through reoccurring patterns of thought through the repetition of daily interactions. the imagery is dissected from childlike states of isolation, an in-ability to communicate traditionally, being misunderstood. parts and pieces of animals reference icon like objects which play as psychological metaphors. the wing is essential for the bird to fly; antlers are essential for the deer to protect. metaphorical icons are juxtaposed next to the simulation of water like area-scapes frozen in some kind of time. size reflects the intimacy of the psychological space, the moment, the idea that even thought is meaningless due to thew short inconsistent nature of existence itself. the act of organizing these thoughts creates a formula of understanding. "things that weren't supposed to happen" reflects a childlike perspective of everyday events that shatter an idealistic view of how society should be. the work is a reaction to this realization. it is a silent scream, an emotion that creates an inability to react physically. small areas create catalysts for hopefulness where seemingly insignificant actions create the ability to see as you might not have seen before.

The theme "thing's that weren't supposed to happen" is central to all of my work conceptually. My work is based on personal experiences –the idealistic view from a child's perspective. Icons and ideologies collide with the realistic view of how and what the world is. Iconic objects are used as metaphor. Through these juxtapositions abstract landscapes are created. Using the idea of time as a point of origin allows, me as the maker, to use materials like transparency, and the appearance of water-like area-scapes.

There are many different ways that people express the same emotions and psychological states. The techniques and mediums chosen have an impact on how the viewer decodes and interprets the work. My personal work includes a variety of different media. From painting, drawing, photography, illustration, construction, digital prints, fibers, video, inflatables to graphic design, all areas are connected to each other and represent methods of communication. All of these media are significant to my process as a graphic designer and artist.
Constructed Reality, digital print 2013

Carrie A. Dyer, "Constructed Reality,"
digital print, 2013, gift of artist

The use of techniques such as layering Plexiglas and transparencies allow me to work in layers. These techniques mimic the characteristics of water. Layers create a three-dimensional effect and cast shadows on the wall. I have also used water in my work –from encasing water in resin to using a motor to create a kinetic piece creating a funnel in the water. Water can be interpreted as a metaphorical icon in many ways. I see my work as research of questions that can't be answered. Unstoppable forces meet unmovable objects. My work is a tool through which I communicate indescribable emotions too painful to put into words. I expect the viewer to have their own interpretations of the work just as there are many different interpretations of visual language.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
       
 

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"A permanent dose" 2014, Digital print on German Etching Hahnemühle 300 gsm paper. Limited edition of 25, 19 x 28, gift of artist
Keith Kitz, Internment Days, Mixed Media/Digital Print, 27.6” x 39.4”, 2019